Hello, I currently ride a 2001 CR500. I'm considering getting a big thumper. Reliability and horsepower are my two primary goals. I don't really trust the ultra high performance CRF450s and such, and I need more power than an XR-400 puts out. This brings me to the XR650. I've never ridden one. I've spent a little time riding XR600s, mid 90's models. I liked the feel. Does the 650 feel more powerful, more heavy? It doesn't look as trim as the decade old 600s, IMO anyway. How does the XR650 perform on technical obstacles? My CR500 isn't a small bike, it sports a desert tank, frame guards, pipe guard, rad braces, skid plate, etc. It's not a motocrosser anymore. Would it be reasonable to think that a XR650, handling-wise could keep up with a 30lb overweight CR500? What's the true scoop on reliability. Can I expect to ride a XR650 weekly for 10 years without tearing down the engine? MY CR500 is only three years old, to the month. Currently, I'm on the 2nd piston, 2nd rod and 2nd set of bearings. All of which need to be replaced again. Love the power and performance, PO'd at the rebuild frequency.